On Wednesday, the number of new infections recorded exceeded 13,000, and at the same time, more than a thousand other deaths were recorded. Both indicators are clearly declining. The seven-day infection rate – the number of new infections per 100,000 people in a week – is now about 190 nationwide. The government’s chief medical adviser, Patrick Vallance, was satisfied. This is also of primary importance in the struggle against new mutants.
It was only Wednesday when Public Health England classified a modification of a particularly infectious British virus variant discovered in Bristol as a “variable of concern” (about: variable of concern). It also bears the characteristics of the South African variant, which has been linked to decreased immune response in treated or vaccinated people.
Valance said it was a common mutation. So don’t be surprised. The Bristol variant is now more likely to cause an altered immune response. Whether this is the case and how exactly should it be clarified first. “We have to search for it, record it, keep it under control, and test the effectiveness of vaccines in this case.”